The Lenten Spirit

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A Palm that symbolizes the Lenten Season

Today is Sunday and it is indeed a scorchingly hot summer Sunday. And it always make me wonder why on every Lenten Season here in the Philippines, it feels like we’re toasted by the hot temperature.

Yes, this April 2014 we are celebrating (or should I say, reliving) the Lent or “Mahal na Araw” in Filipino. It is actually considered as one of the most important occassions of the Catholic religion because it was the time when Our Lord Jesus Christ died and suffered His life from the cross to save the mankind from its sin thus made Him The Savior of The World. And the Palm Sunday is the signal of the beginning of the Lent.

As my family went to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy this morning to celebrate the Palm Sunday (Linggo ng Palaspas), I was enlighted by the Priest’s homily. He said that the good thing about Filipino culture is that we pay high respect to the meaning of the occassion. He said that the palm was used by the followers of Jesus as they welcome Him and celebrated Him as their King. Traditionally, Palms were brought to the church to be blessed through sprinkling of the Holy Water, and we Filipinos put our blessed palms into our homes specifically at the front door, the windows or at the altar. The priest said that those traditions were indications that we always welcome the Lord with strong faith and glory. He told us that may the blessed palms make us remember and realize the sufferings of Jesus Christ who died at the cross to save us from our sins.

As we relive the Lent, may we always find a space in our hearts to repent our sins and ask for The Lord’s  Mercy and forgiveness. May we always be thankful for the life and blessings that He gives us everyday and be grateful to Our Savior Jesus Christ for His undying love on us.

Have a blessed week ahead!

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Bitter-Sweet Us!

Bitter-Sweet Us!

When I saw those cute Valentine stick figures on Google, I immediately make a new Timeline Cover for my Facebook through http://www.picmonkey.com/ and the aftermath is soooooo lovely!!! I am so proud of my self!! ahahaha… Well, the Season of Love is coming soon. Hope we can find love this season, although I know that L-O-V-E already lies deep within our hearts, through God.

Happy morning everyone!
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God is Our Refuge and Strength

It is already December and everyone is getting ready for the merriest season of the year. It is the time when we start to decorate our homes with colorful garlands, jingle bells, sparkling ornaments, and we decorate the Christmas Tree with our children. It is the time when we start to hear Christmas songs that we longed to hear.  It is the time when people are getting busy to shop for what to prepare for the festivity and also for the gifts that they will give for their loved ones. This is the season of giving and sharing. This is the season of love and hope.

But not all people share the same procedures during this coming Holidays.

Unfortunately, the Central and Southern part of the Philippines are being tested by fate lately. A super typhoon named “Pablo” (international codename, Bopha) just hit the said region and the aftermath is of course, a large percentage of casualties. Although the government  did not fail to warn the people and to prepare for the said typhoon, still there are those incidents that are far beyond expectations.

Residents try to cross the flooded Macanhan road in Barangay Carmen leading towards Barangay Balulang as flood waters caused by Typhoon “Pablo” blocked the main road as the Cagayan de Oro River overflowed on Tuesday afternoon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/BOBBY LAGSA

As I watch news every night, I feel the thrill by seeing the damage that Typhoon Pablo just left the Philippine region. Many bridges has been broken, flash floods are everywhere. Trees from the mountains has been washed down that led to landslides. Hundreds of acres of agriculture are now in deep flood and can never be used anymore. Thousands of homes are torn down, and to make matters worst, many lives are gone. Men, women, children even babies, elders, and soldiers are buried alive because of the landslides. Some of them are missing because of the flash floods.

Read news http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/12/05/12/238-dead-hundreds-missing-due-pablo

‘I’M HUNGRY’ A Red Cross volunteer comforts Imee Sayson after she was rescued from muddy waters where she had been submerged for almost 24 hours in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. Her father and brother are still missing. DENNIS JAY SANTOS/INQUIRER MINDANAO

Seeing those picture through the news is really dreadful and frightening. It seems that the nature is extremely angry that people has to pay with their own lives. I am a mother and a wife, and to witness those mothers who are crazily crying over their dead child or husband is also a pain for me. I don’t want that tragedy to happen to my family, and one way to help them is through prayers.

According to Psalm 46 of  The Holy Bible: New International Version:

     ” God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…The Lord Almighty is within us.”

FAITH OUT OF THE MUD A girl retrieves a statue of the Sto. Niño and cleans it of mud and grime after landslides hit her home due to nonstop rains brought by Typhoon “Pablo” in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, in Mindanao on Tuesday. AFP

 In this times of troubles, I believe, we just have to put our greatest faith in God. Even though our hearts might be torn and we may feel that there is no hope, I know somehow there will be a light in the midst of the darkness. We have face life’s biggest challenges arm in arm. This is only a test of God, and I know that He will never leave us alone.

The spirit of Christmas should not just happen only every December. We can always share our blessings every time of the year to those who need a helping hand. Gifts are not just come in a pretty gift wrap with a ribbon, but a gift of prayer is one of the most treasured and priceless things we could give.

Please do pray for the victims of  Typhoon Pablo.

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Photos are from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/

 

 

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